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Looking into the Brains of Chronic Itch Patients

June 16, 2015 9:13 am | by Temple University Health System | Comments

It's long been known that scratching evokes a rewarding and pleasurable sensation in patients with chronic itch. Now, researchers in the Department of Dermatology and Temple Itch Center at Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM) may...

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Anesthesia Monitoring Technology Offers Better OR Monitoring

June 16, 2015 9:10 am | by Wayne State University Division of Research | Comments

A team of researchers from Wayne State University was recently issued a U.S. patent (# 8,998,808) on a technology that will offer anesthesiologists better methods for monitoring and managing patients in the operating room. General anesthesia...

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Miniature Surrogate Human Organs to Test Toxins and Drugs

June 16, 2015 9:07 am | by Los Alamos National Laboratory | Comments

The development of miniature surrogate human organs, coupled with highly sensitive mass spectrometry technologies, could one day revolutionize the way new drugs and toxic agents are studied. “By developing this ‘homo minutus,’ we are stepping...

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FDA Approves Brain Implant to Reduce Parkinson’s, Essential Tremor Symptoms

June 16, 2015 9:01 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the Brio Neurostimulation System, an implantable deep brain stimulation device to help reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor, a movement disorder that is one...

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Honeycomb-Inspired Design Delivers Improved Impact Protection

June 15, 2015 4:20 pm | by University of Texas at Austin | Comments

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a groundbreaking new energy-absorbing structure to better withstand blunt and ballistic impact. The technology, called negative stiffness...

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Dental Laser Offers Virtually Anesthesia-Free Dentistry

June 15, 2015 4:16 pm | by University Hospitals Case Medical Center | Comments

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (UH Rainbow) is one of the first in the country to offer pediatric dentistry patients a virtually anesthesia-free alternative to the traditional drill for hard and soft tissue ablation...

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Speech Recognition from Brain Activity

June 15, 2015 1:42 pm | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | Comments

Speech is produced in the human cerebral cortex. Brain waves associated with speech processes can be directly recorded with electrodes located on the surface of the cortex. It has now been shown for the first time that is possible to reconstruct...

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Driving Simulator Helps Test Artificial Lens for Cataract Patients

June 15, 2015 12:10 pm | by University of Iowa | Comments

A miniature version of the University of Iowa’s advanced driving simulator will participate in a clinical trial later this year to assess a patient’s driving ability after cataract surgery. The trial will help determine if a newly developed...

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Smartphone-Sized Device Captures First Full Genome of Living Organism

June 15, 2015 12:07 pm | by Ontario Institute for Cancer Research | Comments

Researchers in Canada and the U.K. have for the first time sequenced and assembled de novo the full genome of a living organism, the bacteria Escherichia Coli, using Oxford Nanopore's MinIONTM device, a genome sequencer that can fit in the palm...

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Dental Implants Result in Better Quality of Life for Osteoporotic Women

June 15, 2015 10:46 am | by Case Western Reserve University | Comments

With age, postmenopausal women with osteoporosis are at greater risk of losing their teeth. But what treatment for tooth loss provides women with the highest degree of satisfaction in their work and social lives? A new study by Case Western Reserve...

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'Tumor-in-a-Dish' Could Personalize Cancer Patients' Drug Therapy

June 15, 2015 10:39 am | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | Comments

In a highly successful, first-of-its-kind endeavor, a multidisciplinary team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has created a "tumor in a dish:" an ex vivo microenvironment that can accurately anticipate a multiple myeloma patient's...

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App Interprets Ultrasound Images

June 15, 2015 9:48 am | by SINTEF | Comments

Ultrasound is coming into ever more widespread use, and an app that trains health personnel to interpret ultrasound images has just been developed. A new app will offer health-care personnel training and experience in interpreting ultrasound...

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Headband Helps Parkinson's Patients Self-Treat Symptoms at Home

June 15, 2015 9:40 am | by John Hopkins University | Comments

Parkinson’s disease patients whose symptoms such as tremor, muscle stiffness and slowed movement make it tough to hold an eating utensil steady have few options for relief outside of a hospital or clinic. Medication can help, but over time it...

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Tuning X-rays with Tiny Mirrors

June 15, 2015 9:31 am | by DOE/Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

The secret of X-ray science - like so much else - is in the timing. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have created a new way of manipulating high-intensity X-rays, which will allow researchers to...

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Robotic Glove Gives Hand-Impaired Patients a Better Grasp

June 12, 2015 4:02 pm | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | Comments

Having achieved promising results in proof-of-concept prototyping and experimental testing, a soft robotic glove under development by soft wearable robotics expert Conor Walsh, and a team of engineers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of...

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